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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
About Bradley University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61625
From Bradley University

As a mid-sized university with 5,400 students, Bradley provides students with resources not available at most small colleges including Division I sports, state-of-the art facilities and great academic variety. This size also allows Bradley to offer small classes and a student-faculty ratio of 12:1.
In addition to liberal arts and sciences, academic programs include business, communications, education, engineering, fine and performing arts, health sciences and technology. Innovative and well-recognized programs include cybersecurity, data science, entrepreneurship, game design, music and entertainment industry, direct-entry nursing, sports communication and physical therapy.
Located less than three hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, the 84-acre campus is located in a historic residential neighborhood just one mile from downtown Peoria; the largest metropolitan area in downstate Illinois.

Bradley University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
71%
SAT Range
1080-1290
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$25,857/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$19,250/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.52 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.63 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,512Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
137
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    38%
  • Career-focused
    23%
  • Enthusiasm
    19%
  • Basic
    13%
  • Cliquey
    6%
  • Diverse
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.80 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.90 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Perfect class sizes
    40%
  • Calm and quaint, yet exciting and fun
    30%
  • Interesting
    11%
  • Big enough and still personal
    9%
  • Classy
    4%
  • Convenient
    2%
  • Dull
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $53,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    73%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    96%
    National
    83%
    89%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
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    Bradley University Reviews

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    Don't listen to a lot of these reviews. There is WiFi, but it isn't the best. The campus itself is very safe, but, remember, you'll be near Peoria so exercise additional caution at night. There are some really bad teachers, but they represent the minority here. You can SIGNIFICANTLY cut out costs by joining a fraternity by up to $7,000 a year. It's possible to party here, but you gotta be smart. The university does crack down, but they're not very good at busting parties. The academics here are really good, though Sakai really sucks. Fraternity culture is simply wonderful. If you're looking to become more social, join one! The university dorms are decent, but fraternity houses are much better. I was surprised by the food at the university. Not gourmet, but definitely pay for the same quality at a higher end hotel. The campus, especially during fall, is beautiful. Overall, your experience is highly dictated by how dependent and smart you are with your time.
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    Bradley, being a smaller school than a state school, allows students the opportunity to more easily connect with professors in a meaningful way. A mentor or an adviser can easily be found in any of the halls at Bradley. Additionally, getting personalized help from more bureaucratic departments like finances or class registration is easier and more productive for a student just starting to understand how to be assertive (since we all know adulting is hard). It does not lack opportunities to participate in activities and clubs and grow despite being a smaller school. Because of this, Bradley is an engaging school with a lot of benefits!
    I am in my last year at Bradley University, and I have had a wonderful experience here. Most of the professors are great - they are engaging, kind, supportive, and caring. Sure, there are a few professors who do not fit this profile, but they are far and few between! There are so many ways to get involved on campus, and the student body, at 4,500 undergraduates, is a great size. While the price tag may seem high, the financial aid department does a wonderful job of meeting needs.